NCAA Regional is Coastal’s time to shine, not whine

I must say, I am a little surprised by the reaction of Coastal Carolina fans to the Chanticleers’ NCAA Baseball Regional draw.

I’ve heard complaints about the all-Palmetto State pool being too difficult for the Chants’ credentials and belly-aching about having to play the toughest two teams in the nation and neighborhood.

Chicken feathers, I say. instead of an unclimbable mountain, see an opportunity to reach new heights. Better yet, it’s a chance for the Chants to make some serious noise not just in the state, but across the nation.

We’ve heard that line before: Coastal can put itself on the map if it does this and that. Then it comes real close to doing this and that but falls just short of shocking the sports world.

I’m not talking just about baseball, which has fared better against big-name schools than any other CCU program. In general, Coastal seems to suffer from kid-brother syndrome when presented with such challenges.

For those unfamiliar, it’s the same intangible factor that prevents boys from beating their big brothers in backyard battles. But when it finally happens, boom, little brother is considered one of the big boys.

Remember CCU basketball’s glory days, when the Chants ALMOST beat Bob Knight’s Indiana in the 1991 NCAA Tournament and ALMOST upset Michigan’s Fab Five in the 1993 Big Dance? It’s still happening today; they’ve ALMOST won the Big South’s automatic bid for the past five years.

Although CCU baseball has proven its worth by winning six straight Big South season and tourney titles, the Chants still seem to gt a bad case of the shakes when they run into someone they’re not supposed to beat.

Two years ago in the Myrtle Beach Super-Regional, the Chants led the eventual national champion Gamecocks in both games before falling in the final outs. Last year they were tied with Clemson before the Tigers rallied for five runs in the ninth.

They will forever be remembered as the ones that got away, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. This is the Chants’ chance to prove it not only belongs with the big boys, but that they can beat them as well.

Yes, Coastal probably should have been given a No. 2 seed in a different regional, one that doesn’t include the two-time defending College World Series champs. But this is no time to whine about fairness.

This is Coastal’s golden opportunity to go into Columbia and show the Gamecocks and Tigers that there’s another team in our little corner of the state that isn’t content to play a good game; they’re in it to win it.

The rewards would be much greater than just state bragging rights. National exposure, recruiting enhancement and an increased profile that would help the school move into a bigger conference are among the spoils.

And like all good things, they tend to get better with time and momentum. Fair or not, Coastal has been granted a chance to whip both of their big brothers in one weekend, and climb another step on the big-boy ladder.

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One response to “NCAA Regional is Coastal’s time to shine, not whine”

  1. Brian says:

    I have to agree I wish CCU would just take it to the other teams. ECU does the same thing with north carolina it seems every year and what excuse will these teams have when they go down? Their pitching was the difference, how? They are only better because the batters they faced made them better by reading too much into things. Start doing and running past these teams, they can be beaten, are you the ones to stop them? I think both ECU and CCU have the strength to do it but do they have the confidence to do it? Or is it another year done and gone be the wayside? We shall see. The last time I checked it is still a baseball field that they are playing on and no winner is determined until the final out is recorded. Oh and the one with the most runs wins!!! Wow imagine that! PLAY DAMN IT!!!! PLAY TO WIN!!!!

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